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Ben Stokes could open bowling for Canterbury

Stokes, who landed in Christchurch on Wednesday morning, is all set to feature in the opening game of the domestic 50-over competition.

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Ben Stokes. (Photo Source: Twitter)

If there is any cricketer who is making most of the news these days, it is English all-rounder Ben Stokes. For all poor reasons Ben seems to have acquire all the limelight majorly due to late-night brawl in Bristol in September. With much of trauma happening in his life, he finds support from the NZ side Canterbury as the all-rounder becomes their first major signing for the domestic season in New Zealand.

This came in as a response to some of the major players from the squad getting injured, with the likes of quicks Ed Nuttall (back), Kyle Jamieson (foot), Nathan McNicol (chest) and Henry Shipley, featuring the list.

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Coach is in all praise for the all-rounder

Canterbury coach Gary Stead believes the addition of all-rounder will bring more value to the side as the English international brings in a lot of experience of international cricket. He rates Stokes as one of the best all-rounder in the world and is eager to make him bat at no. 4 or 5, so that he can get the best out of the 26-year old.

Stokes, who landed in Christchurch on Wednesday morning, is all set to feature in the opening game of the domestic 50-over competition for his home province against Otago in Rangiora on Sunday. However, the suspended cricketer didn’t join the team for training on Thursday but is expected to be a part of it on Saturday. He is a timely addition to the side with many players getting injured, feels the team management.

 

“We are still taking stock of our injury crisis with our pace bowlers at the moment, so he could have the new ball. I think it’s likely he’ll bowl his full quota of overs. I think there is more excitement than anything around our squad,” he said. “I addressed our boys at about 1.30 pm today and told them about it. There was a few smiles and stuff around the group”, feels Gary as per the quotes on stuff.co.nz.

The coach considers the signing of the all-rounder as a ‘steal’. “We’ve talked to our group, we’re sure that not everyone will necessarily agree with our decision, but someone has to make a decision and it’s us that have. If people are uncomfortable with that, then they’ll come and talk to me”, he added.

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